Dr Kristian Shaw - Programme Leader
Kristian Shaw is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and MA Programme Leader, specialising in contemporary British and American literature. He released his first AHRC-funded monograph with Palgrave in 2017 entitled Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Fiction. His second monograph, Brexlit: British Literature and the European Project (Bloomsbury 2021) examines cultural responses to Brexit. He is working on three edited collections: Kazuo Ishiguro: Critical Perspectives (Manchester University Press 2022), Hari Kunzru: Critical Perspectives (Manchester University Press 2022) and The Bloomsbury Guide to Twenty-First Century Literature (Bloomsbury 2022). He has recently contributed chapters to The Cambridge Companion to British Postmodern Fiction and The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction. He serves as a reader for the C21 Literature journal and sits on the executive committee of BACLS (British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies).Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MA English Literature
How You Study
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Research Areas, Projects and Topics
Specialist areas of staff expertise include:
- 21st Century literature
- Postcolonial studies
- Contemporary politics
- Renaissance literature and drama
- Utopian studies
- Women’s writing (18th Century – present)
- Life writing
- American literature
- Creative writing
- Gothic studies
- 18th and 19th Century literature
The MA English Literature programme links to University of Lincoln’s 21st Century Research Group. Kristian Shaw is the research lead for this network and regularly invites external speakers to present on a range of interdisciplinary topics relevant to further study.
Students on this course have the opportunity to participate in symposia at the Wren library in Lincoln Cathedral, where they can present papers based on their research to current students and staff. Presenting 20-minute papers in panels in a conference-style setting enables students to develop their research skills, preparing them for PhD study and other professional work.
Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 260,000 printed books and approximately 750,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.
Wednesday. Students on this course can expect to receive 140 hours of contact time over the duration of the programme. Postgraduate-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.
Career and Personal Development
This course is designed to develop strong communication and critical-thinking skills which can be transferable to a diverse range of careers. The programme aims to provide training for roles in journalism, teaching, research, publishing, and media. Students are able to develop skills in research, communication, writing, presentation, and independent learning. Some graduates choose to continue their studies at doctoral level.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.Find out More
Our MA in Creative Writing provides opportunities to work closely with practising creative writers and hear from professionals from publishing.
Conduct in-depth research into an area of your choice, with the help of dedicated skills sessions and under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
This programme aims to provide the professional and practical training needed for a career in the exciting world of journalism.